The Congo’s killing fields

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Article Social Justice War and Peace
Families separated. Millions left for dead. Do we share some of the blame?

Patrick Mwnyamahord knows where his father is buried because a neighbor showed him that small place. What he doesn't know is how his father got there, and there was no one he could safely ask, not then. Twelve years ago he and his family made one of a series of sudden escapes from the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) into nearby Burundi. On this particular exodus his father was too ill to travel and the family had to leave him.


The Congo’s killing fields

By Kevin Clarke| Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare
Article Social Justice War and Peace
Families separated. Millions left for dead. Do we share some of the blame?

Patrick Mwnyamahord knows where his father is buried because a neighbor showed him that small place. What he doesn't know is how his father got there, and there was no one he could safely ask, not then. Twelve years ago he and his family made one of a series of sudden escapes from the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) into nearby Burundi. On this particular exodus his father was too ill to travel and the family had to leave him.


How American Catholics can help Christians in the Middle East

By Michael La Civita, K.C.H.S.| Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare
Article Ecumenical & Interfaith Dialogue Ethic of Life Social Justice War and Peace

The ISIS blitzkrieg into northern Iraq last summer and the subsequent decimation of one of the oldest Christian communities of the church—coupled with the so-called Islamic State’s recent executions of Egyptian and Ethiopian Christians—have earned Middle East Christians some attention, if not quite the respect, of the politicians, candidates, policy wonks and journalists inside the Beltway. The headlines are dramatic and betray a sense of hopelessness and powerlessness.


Living faithfully in a world of violence

By Father Bryan Massingale| Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare
Article Social Justice War and Peace
In the face of horrific violence the world over, how do we rise above thoughts of revenge and despair?

Why Iraq War films like ‘American Sniper' miss the mark

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Article Culture Reviews War and Peace
Even if you empathize with the film’s main character, American Sniper is still a one-sided tale of what some call America’s greatest foreign policy disaster.

A very strange convergence of events took place this February when American Sniper, Clint Eastwood’s biopic about Iraq War hero Chris Kyle, was up for most of the major Academy Awards, and in Texas, another Iraq veteran, Eddie Ray Routh, was on trial for Kyle’s murder.


It's always darkest before the dawn

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Article Saints, Feasts, and Seasons War and Peace
Even in the bleakest winter months, the hope of Easter is always on the horizon.

Why Oscar Romero's martyrdom is long overdue

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Article Social Justice War and Peace
Though his critics persist, Óscar Romero’s martyrdom has finally been recognized.

Just before Robert White was dispatched as U.S. ambassador to El Salvador in 1980, he attended a National Security Council meeting that included a lively discussion of how much Archbishop Óscar Romero was screwing up U.S. Central American strategy. The archbishop’s “anti-American sermons, his politicizing of religion, and his incitement to rebellion” had been noted by an increasingly apprehensive Carter administration.


The faith in the ‘American Sniper' that you won't see in the film

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Article Culture Reviews War and Peace

c. 2015 Religion News Service

(RNS) Chris Kyle, often described as the most lethal sniper in U.S. military history, wrote in his autobiography that he prioritized his life in the following order: God, country, family.

But God doesn’t make a central appearance in the film American Sniper, which opens nationwide on Friday (January 16). The film offers a few similarities to Unbroken, Angelina Jolie’s recent World War II epic about POW Louis Zamperini.


Cool it this Christmas

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Article Environment War and Peace
This holiday season, turn down the thermostat and give peace a chance.

The season of the prince of peace is upon us once again, yet the world seems aswirl with violence and despair. The Ebola virus has the nation on edge while it reaps a terrible harvest in West Africa. Another virus, this one of violence, is sweeping across the nations of the Middle East and throughout the Arab world. What has become of the Arab Spring? Only tiny Tunisia appears to have survived the tempest thrown up by efforts to tear down Arab tyrants and jump-start democracy in the region.


Is James Foley a martyr? A brutal death sparks a faith-based debate

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Article Saints, Feasts, and Seasons War and Peace

c. 2014 Religion News Service

(RNS) From the moment news broke that U.S. journalist James Foley had been beheaded by Islamic State extremists in the Middle East, many Christians, especially Foley’s fellow Catholics, began calling him a martyr, with some even saying he should be considered a saint.

Yet that characterization has left others uneasy, and the discussion is raising larger questions about what constitutes martyrdom.


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